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May 13, 2010
Innovations in technology have to date primarily been driven by consumer demand for smaller, lighter, and faster gadgets, especially those that are loaded with the latest features. As a society, we have benefited from technological advances that increase efficiency, add new communications capabilities, create life-saving devices, and more. However, there is a dark side to the electronics industry that remains hidden as we as consumers happily shop for our shiny new toys: waste.Read more >
May 5, 2010
See photos from our two-day policy training in D.C . , in conjunction with the Environmental Leadership Program.Read more >
Mar 23, 2010
Switzer Fellow Dr. Lara Hansen and her colleague, Dr. Jennifer Hoffman , both of EcoAdapt , presented their work on climate change adaptation and the challenges faced by practitioners and resource managers. Drs. Hansen and Hoffman also presented a new tool they are developing to help the adaptation...Read more >
Feb 16, 2010
The audio file and the powerpoint used in the February 16th webinar, Innovative Solutions to Climate Change: Green Jobs and Energy Efficienc y, led by 2001 Switzer Fellow Jeremy Hays are now available. Click on the link below for the powerpoint, and contact Erin for the audio file (file size...Read more >
Feb 8, 2010
Coined by C.K. Prahalad, “the bottom of the pyramid” refers to the untapped economic markets where the poor--the more than 4 billion people living on $2/day--become product consumers. Although Prahalad’s thesis promoted the poor as consumers and as entrepreneurs, the reality is...Read more >
Feb 8, 2010
Southern California is notorious for its chronically polluted water bodies, from the affluent areas of Malibu to the more industrial city of Long Beach. California Assembly Bill 411 requires that city and county health departments regularly monitor impaired water bodies for fecal indicator bacteria...Read more >
Jan 28, 2010
A panel discussion sponsored by the Switzer Foundation with Switzer fellows Katrina Schneider (SYRCL), Dr. Amy Leurs (, Dr. Healy Hamilton (California Academy of Sciences), Steven Rothert (American Rivers) and facilitated by Dr. Elizabeth Soderstrom (American Rivers).Read more >
Jan 25, 2010
Hello Switzer Fellows and colleagues, In this post we wish to share the powerpoint presentations and links that were shared by presenters and trainers at our well-attended first-ever Federal policy training held in DC January 21-22, 2010. This should allow for easy download of the power point...Read more >
Jan 8, 2010
Several Switzer Fellows attended the COP 15 climate negotiations in Copenhagen in December through their various organizations. Some have contributed their experiences and thoughts on the proceedings. JASON DELBORNE , Assistant Professor at the Colorado School of Mines, attended the conference...Read more >
Jan 5, 2010
In parts of West Virginia and Kentucky, mountaintop removal coal mining is used to blast off the tops of mountains and bulldoze rock and dirt into adjacent headwater stream valleys creating “valley fills.” The goal: to efficiently access thin coal seams near the surface. The legality of...Read more >


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